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Education

  • Scans will bring Memorial to those who can’t visit

        Dr. Bermard Means, of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual  Curation Lab, came to the National D-Day Memorial last week to do 3-D scans of some of the sculptures.

        He concentrated on the three beach sculptures because the bright sunlight made scanning difficult. Memorial staff had to pitch a tent to shadow the sculptures so he could scan them. Dr. Means said he plans to scan more after Veterans Day and will come at night to do it.

  • School division hires recruitment and retention director

        Ken Thacker, of VMDO Architects, gave the school board an update on the planning process for Forest Middle School’s expansion.
        A major part of his presentation concerned a barrier at the end of a courtyard in the new school. The courtyard will be surrounded by the school on three sides and the barrier will close the open end.
        One option called for tall pickets and a second option called for a metal wall with slots in it. A third option was a masonry wall. The school board went for the masonry wall.

  • Dills stepping down as principal at Liberty HS

     

                Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills is stepping down from her position at the school, effective immediately, according to an announcement on the school’s website.

  • No decision on flag issue

        The Bedford County School Board took a cautious approach, Thursday night, in the wake of a controversy over a student display of Confederate battle flags at Jefferson Forest High School last month.
        Several people spoke on the issue during the meeting’s public comment period.

  • Downey won’t seek another term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey will call it quits after his current term expires at the end of December. Downey, was first elected in 2011, announced that he won’t run for reelection this fall.

  • Whitehurst files federal lawsuit against school board, school superintendent

     

                Having filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has taken the issue to the next level, filing a federal lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • The Region’s Top Speller!

        Sky Estrada, the Bedford County Public Schools County Spelling Bee winner and an 8th grader from SRMS, won the Regional Spelling Bee in Roanoke this week.

         She fought through over 50 rounds of competition that the judge called “unbelievably tougher than what we’ve had in the past few years,” according to reports.

  • Tribute Center

        The brick building on the northeast corner of Bridge Street and Main Street is the most historic building in Bedford, according to Bedford resident Ken Parker. He calls it “iconic.”

        Parker moved to Bedford late last year from Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma. He first came here doing research for a book he’s writing on the impact of D-Day on the families of the Bedford Boys. He fell in love with the town and moved here.

  • School board passes budget; includes 5% COLA

        The Bedford County School Board will be seeking its largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) for school personnel in at least a decade and will be asking the county supervisors to kick in an additional $2.6 million to help fund that increase.

  • Board hears from the public on racism issue

        Several speakers asked the Bedford County School Board Thursday night to ban students from any form of display of the Confederate flag while on school grounds. The School Board, however, delayed any action, calling for community meetings to be held to address the issue.
        Only School Board member Dr. John Hicks said Thursday he was definitely for banning divisive symbols such as the flag from school premises.